Good natured insults - New York

I'm working on a Steve/Bucky modern AU fic, and am wondering if anyone can help me with a few insults. Bucky grew up in Brooklyn Heights and currently lives in Red Hook. What might he say about Bed-Stuy? Just some good-natured, common kind of stuff, that 'my neighborhood is better than yours' kind of thing people do.

I've googled 'what bad things to people say about Bed-Stuy' and variations on that theme and just get reams of crime statistics. 'Insults/neighborhood rivalry all that kind of thing gets me nowhere.


(PS - is the Dreamwidth of this community totally blank or am I just not seeing anything due to some weird quirk?)

Injury to Order: Hand Injury from Maintaining an AOS Wooden Sailing Vessel

Hi! So, I am writing some historical fiction, and I am drowning in research, but it's been a few days and I still haven't found a good solution to this problem, and you guys are consistently awesome about helping find answers to questions like this, so I thought I'd come to you.

Setting: Early-18th century (the year isn't strictly important, but I've been using 1715 anytime I need a year in my searches to keep things consistent) pirate ship in the Caribbean.
Scenario: My protagonist is a Royal Navy officer in his late twenties who is taken by pirates. Pirates are being relatively chill, just asking that he do some work while on board and not make a fuss until they find a good place to cut him loose. I need him to sustain a semi-serious injury to his hand doing something routine on the boat that does not involve weapons. I need the injury to be serious enough that he worries about losing his hand without treatment, but not so bad that he can't recover from it with intervention from a surgeon, and I need it to be something he can hide for a couple days. I have been considering burns, either rope burns from dealing with the rigging or heat burns from dealing with tar, but I'm not sure this is serious enough for him to worry about losing his hand.
Searches: I have done a lot of searches on Google and boat forums on things like, "wooden boat maintenance" and "how you can hurt yourself on a wooden boat," but these are mostly giving me modern solutions to keeping your small, seasonal watercraft from rotting. I've also searched things like, "pirate ship maintenance," "pirate ship jobs," and "pirate ship injuries," both on Google and in some pirate and Age of Sail specific blogs and archives, and I'm mostly getting ways you can be hurt in battle. I also went through the age of sail and injury to order tags in this comm.

Thank you in advance!

English Language Resource on 18th Century French Country Houses

I'm working on a piece of writing about Gustave Flaubert*. For most of his life he lived in Croisset, in a house his father purchased. The Flauberts were well-to-do, so this would have been a fairly nice house (but not a manor house at all, nothing where people pass out because the balcony has been clotted with orange trees). (Oh, sorry: all that's left of the house today is a garden house.)

[* Specifically, I'm working on a scene where Flaubert spends four days, eight hours each day, reading aloud a novel he wrote to his friends, who hated Hated HATED the novel. I want to get a sense of average room sizes, number of rooms, etc.]

What I'd like are some resources — books, articles, sites — that would give me a sense of what the interiors of these kinds of houses would look like, and what it might have been like living in them.

I've emailed two Flaubert museums to ask for information, and I've done some Googling. Mostly what I find are Too Fancy houses, rather than comfortable houses that regular rich people might live in.

Military command to begin

Hey everyone,
I'm back for more military stuff. Still a fantasy army roughly modelled after the Napoleonic times, but I think this might be the question of language rather than of history.

What is the common command to start? As in, "I'm done explaining what I want you to do, now start doing it". I know French and Russian militaries have it, so there must be one in English too, but I can't for the life of me find it.

Stuff I tried: Google-translating exécutez (execute, not helpful) and выполнять (implement, not helpful). Googling "common military commands", "military command to start acting", "military order to begin", "military command execute", "exécutez command English", "military command implementation"

I found "carry on", but that seems to be naval only and besides more of "continue what you were doing before I interrupted".
I also found "dismissed", but that seems to be more of "get out of my sight".

I'm looking for more of "get doing what I told you, now".

SAR: how a small incident response works

I have a character who is going to join a SAR (Search and Rescue) group in Southern British Columbia as a ground searcher. 

I've looked at the description of every SAR group as they're listed online ( and I've read through the description of every SAR course I could get my hands in to know what SAR members are expected to be able to do.

I know the different types of teams (avalanche rescue, swift water, rope, tracking, etc) and the material they need. I know how SAR dog training works, the main commands and some myths vs reality. I've read media accounts of a number of rescues. I'm aware of the dangers — in terms of injuries and death — and of difficulties (as presented in the media), including failures in planning or security measures (it's hard to say a SAR member got hurt because of bad decisions, but as heroic as these people are, they're human, and humans are known to make mistakes every now and then).

My google technique rests on the string 'SAR group name' (limited to the southern BC area) and then reading all the pages that come up — from coroner enquiries (yes, there are a couple online) to news and course offers.

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Military in the field - ID issues

This is a fantasy story set in a secondary world. The army in question is vaguely reminiscent of the Napoleonic army, but the country it belongs to is definitely and defiantly a republic (so - no nobles pulling rank).
What I'm looking for here is less historical information (though that's more than welcomed, too!) and more of "common sense" advice from anyone who's familiar with any sort of military. What would a seasoned soldier consider a reasonable course of action?

Here's the situation.

It's peacetime, but a war is expected to break out any day. Everyone's on edge.
A general gets attacked by unknown assassins while travelling from point A to point B in the republic's peaceful backwater. Point A is a military outpost he's just visited with a surprise inspection, point B is a small outpost he was going to pass by without stopping, so nobody here and now really knows he's in the area. Nevertheless, he gets ambushed right outside Point B.
He's travelling without retinue, accompanied only by three adjutants (because it's peacetime and they're in a hurry, because it was a surprise inspection, because nobody knows their itinerary anyway, and because, if worst comes to worst, the general is an authority-equals-asskicking level of magician who doesn't usually need bodyguards).
Still, that's a really good ambush designed for this specific general. Two of the adjutants get killed right away, and the general is partially incapacitated, but he and the remaining adjutant put up a fight. In the process they realize, through a bunch of clues, that the attackers very likely belong to their own army or at least trained with it.

Meanwhile at Point B, Lieutenant S notices the commotion, takes a squad and goes to investigate. The attackers make a half-hearted attempt to fight him, too, then flee - and S also recognizes them as most likely his own.

Now. We have Lieutenant S with a squad, in the middle of nowhere but not far from Point B they're supposed to be protecting. A war is looming. They've just been attacked by strangers who fought like they were their fellow soldiers (though out of uniform), and now they face four more strangers, IN uniforms (two dead and one wounded) who are all oddly high-ranking but have no escort. To top it off, the general looks about thirty years younger than he should (because magic, but S doesn't know it's possible), and isn't supposed to be in the area. He's also lightly injured plus appears to be having something like a heart attack (consequences of magic S isn't familiar with, so he can't tell how real it is). The surviving adjutant is demanding to be let into Point B for medical help (for the general) asap.

Yeah, I didn't realize just how suspicious the whole thing looks from S's point of view when I was plotting it.
So then, questions.

Question 1: Does it make sense for Lieutenant S to let them into Point B, or should he start demanding proof of the general's identity? Also, can he even do that?
I googled what seems like every variation of "can a lieutenant ask for a general's ID" and "how do officers prove their identity", but Google seems to think I'm asking about police pulling drivers over. "Military etiquette" produced a guide for rendering salute, but that's not quite it either.

Question 2: Supposing S does want proof of the general's identity. Considering that photo ID doesn't exist in this world (and ignoring magic for a second), would further proof of identity be even possible, apart from finding someone who knows the general by sight? Frantic googling yielded something called "dog tags", which apparently have been in use since Spartans. But the general is already wearing a rather hard-to-obtain uniform. Would having a metallic disk with his name on it be any more convincing?

Thanks in advance and I appreciate any suggestions!

American Folk Rituals/Folk Beliefs in the 19th century

Writing a story set in America in the 1870s and I need some examples of folk rituals/folk beliefs for cures of spiritual/supernatural ailments. I have vague recollections of things like leaving a silver coin in the hollow of an old tree from Mark Twain's works, but my cursory research (Googling using "folk rituals" "folk beliefs" "cure for curses") has mostly brought up either Wiccan beliefs or general articles about folklore. I'm hoping that the collective knowledge of this comm can help me find more concrete examples of actual practices and rituals. Given the melting pot nature of the United States, I'd happily accept folk rituals from any Western European country, but preferably UK or Germany.

ETA: Per mod note, I'm providing some additional information. The setting is the New Mexico/Arizona territory, but the characters who would be providing examples of folk beliefs are a 2nd generation Irish immigrant from New York City and a vagabond cowboy who was raised in a brothel in Kansas. Since this is primarily flavor text (the characters are trying to break a curse and are spit-balling ideas) I think I have enough wiggle room to work in any ritual or belief that might be brought up.

Suitable harmonica for playing classical Chinese pentatonic music?

(Disclaimer: I'm posting here because who knows--it might yield helpful research data for someone; what I'm seeking, however, is personal advice. Also, I'll readily admit my absolute ignorance of both the implicit subjects.)

Common agreement seems to be that Baby's First Harmonica is the Hohner Blues Band in the key of C: simple, readily available, and low sunk cost. If I can muster the focus to persevere beyond the 101 point, what sort of harmonica (ideally <~$50 USD) might lend itself to the scales characteristic of Chinese traditional music (or modern Cpop songs drawing thereupon?)

Why? Reasons.
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